The "Battle of the Breeds," match races involving members of the Maryland Standardbred and thoroughbred communities, was declared a draw Saturday night at Rosecroft Raceway when judges couldn't decide whether jockey Andrea Seefeldt violated the rules by galloping her horse across the finish line first in the deciding event.
Seefeldt cruised to victory aboard Supernova S. in a five-furlong flat race in which only Rosecroft driver Betsy Brown adhered to the qualification that the six entrants had to trot and pace under saddle. Brown finished last.
Joe De Francis, president of Laurel and Pimlico race courses, went wire to wire on the rail to win with Plug Nickel in the "Executive Challenge," first of the three non-betting events. "I was just hanging on," said De Francis, whose horse finished the mile in 2 minutes, 14 3/5 seconds.